It's understandable to have your eye on the cost of teacher preparation programs. The good news is, there are many opportunities to reduce or even eliminate tuition costs.
On this page, get information on:
5 Ways to Make Your Teacher Preparation Affordable
Explore loan forgiveness programs.
The federal government offers loan forgiveness programs for teachers in certain schools or subjects. If you qualify, that means you don’t have to pay back your student loans at all!
You can receive thousands of dollars in forgiven loans if you commit to teaching in high-need schools or subjects (like math, science and special education) for a few years after you graduate. Learn more about these programs at the Federal Student Aid page and the TEACH Missouri Financial Aid guide.
Apply for teacher training scholarships.
Get your training as part of your undergraduate education.
Many universities offer combined programs that let you earn both your bachelor’s degree and Missouri teaching certification at the same time. A combined program can save you time and money, so you don’t have to pay tuition for graduate school later.
Head over to our About Programs page to read more about your options
Earn a salary while completing your coursework.
Do you have a bachelor’s degree, but still need your teacher certification? You might consider an alternative certification program. These programs let you take coursework while you work in a paid classroom position.
Some alternative certification programs have a hands-on “residency” model. For example, in the Kansas City Teacher Residency, you’ll work alongside a mentor teacher and earn a stipend as a teacher-in-training before you lead your own classroom.
In other alternative certification programs, you’ll complete a pre-service training program and then work as a full-time teacher (with a salary!).
Explore different pathways to certification, or start your search for specific programs.
Apply for other scholarships and financial aid.
In addition to what you will find in the TEACH.org database, there’s a whole universe of other scholarship, financial aid and loan opportunities relevant for anyone pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across the U.S., or in a specific state, region or university.
For example, if you're at least 24 years old with some college under your belt, you might want to apply for the KC Scholars program, which is specifically designed for adults who want to go back to school.
Learn more about financial aid opportunities at our Financial Aid Guide.
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